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Options August 6, 2016: People Don't Get What They Deserve

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Artist Track
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings  People Don't Get What They Deserve   Options
Trini Lopez  Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying   Options
Red Sovine  Hold Everything (Till I Get Home)   Options
Percy Mayfield  I've Got A Secret   Options
Formulars Dance Band  Never Never Let Me Down   Options
Jeevas, The  How Much Do You Suck?   Options
Jullie London  Our Day Will Come   Options
Ronnie Self  I Started World War I   Options
Jokers, The  Soul Sounds   Options
Plastic Bertrand  Ça Plane Pour Moi   Options
Blazers, The  Good Lovin'   Options
Rolling Stones  Title 5   Options
Laura Israel  Interview   Options
Rolling Stones  Rocks Off   Options
Wanda Jackson  Sympathy   Options
James Carr  I'm A Fool For You   Options
Derrick Morgan  Tougher Than Tough   Options
Teenage Fanclub   I'm In Love   Options
Horde, The  Cutting Out Time   Options
Mayor Ronnie Thompson  Downton Country Girl   Options
Teddy Reynolds  Ain't That Soul   Options
Dahlmanns, The  Do You Want Crying?   Options
Chip Taylor  Here I Am   Options
Kenny Vaughan  Country Music Got A Hold On Me   Options
Young Jessie  Young Jessie Bossa Nova   Options
Lenny Breau  Dance Of the Golden Rod   Options
Ben Vaughn Quintet  My Mind Ain't Right   Options
Dan Penn  Standing In The Way Of A Good Thing   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Adios Maria   Options
Joe Tex  Take The Fifth Amendment   Options
Cheap Trick  Come On, Come On (Albini version)   Options
Rockin Berries, The  You Better Come Home   Options
James Hand  Cuttin' Down (On My Runnin' Around)   Options
Frances Faye  Comin' Home Baby   Options
Above, The  Goons   Options
Spongetones  Here I Go Again   Options
Peter Berry and the Shake Set  Livin' Lovin' Wreck   Options
Liverpool Scene  Batpoem   Options
Longmont Potion Castle  Rope   Options

CLICK HERE to see the March 25th Hot 100 chart - when Happy Together was number one!!

CLICK HERE for detailed Pet Sounds credits

CLICK HERE for a piece on how they come up with radio ratings & Delilha's radio show

CLICK HERE to see a Thought Leader gives a talk on Thought Leadership

CLICK HERE to find out about a medical fundraiser for Scott Schinder

CLICK HERE to find out Why Classic Rock Isn’t What It Used To Be

CLICK HERE to find out Why You Can’t Get a Ticket to the NBA Finals … … and every other major event on the planet

CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

CLICK HERE to hear "How Music Taste Evolved"

CLICK HERE to get to know my new favorite person Lively Val Shively

CLICK HERE to check the stats

CLICK HERE for Ringo's isolated drums from "Oh Darling"

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell ina BBC interview with some woman with a lot of plastic surgery

CLICK HERE for info on the new lp from The Explorers Club

CLICK HERE to see some paintings by Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE for a FREE download of Money Mark's "Mark's Keyboard Repair"

CLICK HERE for The Hollies Family Tree

CLICK HERE to see The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE for a free download of The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE to see Michael Shelley get interviewed on a NJ public access TV show "Destination Montclair"

CLICK HERE if you have the stomach to read Rolling Stone's ridiculous "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time"

CLICK HERE to go "Inside the Strange, Hidden World of Offstage Touring Musicians"

CLICK HERE to watch The Cactus Blossoms live at WFMU April 18, 2015

CLICK HERE to watch James Hunter sing "Somethings Calling" live at WFMU Dec 7, 2015 - just so so so good

CLICK HERE for a nice piece on former guest on this show (and the drummer for The Beatles) Bernard Purdie

CLICK HERE to test your sense of pitch

CLICK HERE to see a BBC Allen Toussaint Documentary

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Esquerita

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE for the Glyn Johns interview in Tape Op!

CLICK HERE for Bruce Swedien: Recording Michael Jackson!

CLICK HERE to find out "Why Do All Records Sound the Same?

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE for The Cactus Blossoms on The 30 Minute Music Hour

CLICK HERE for "Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World"

CLICK HERE for a new Q&A with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read about "The Endless Fall of Suge Knight" (yikes!)

CLICK HERE for Barack Obama on WTF

CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

CLICK HERE for a video of David Myhr's cover of Oh Susie, featured on "Even More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for a documentary and discussion of The Columbia House Record Club

CLICK HERE to test yourself and find out "How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?"

CLICK HERE for an article about Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with files of the isolated tracks to listen to

CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of the book "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" or CLICK HERE to read Carol's review of The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010

CLICK HERE to see part one of a short behind the scenes film about Brian Wilson's new album "No Pier Pressure"

CLICK HERE for Brian Wilson's new song "The Right Time" (feat. Al Jardine) live on SoundStage. and

CLICK HERE for "Wild Honey" feat. Blondie Chaplin & Ricky Fataar

CLICK HERE for a great 2012 Rolling Stone piece about the 2012 Beach Boys reunion

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Better Records, whcih sells old lp pressings that sell for astronomical prices, e.g: The Police’s Synchronicity: $350

CLICK HERE for "It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit"

CLICK HERE for "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Gay Robot

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

CLICK HERE for 1971 tapes of Bob Dylan getting rightfully testy with A.J. Weberman (who used to go through and sell Dylan's garbage)

CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets or CLICK HERE to listen

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story


CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for something odd: on the website of session guitarist Jay Graydon (he plays the guitar solo on Steely Dan's "Peg") he lists playing guitar on Cheap Trick's studio version of "I Want You To Want Me" among his 1977 credits.

CLICK HERE for some audio Illusions - "Can You Trust Your Ears"?

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

CLICK HERE to play Name That Drum Fill

CLICK HERE to read "Phish Has Been a Band for Thirty Years Now and They Have Sucked the Whole Time" and then CLICK HERE to read "This Is What Happens When You Make Fun Of Phish On The Internet"

CLICK HERE for the story of Be Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson and how he says his record label ripped him off

CLICK HERE to read about a recent Jerry Lewis show

CLICK HERE for the new release of 5 Style 1996 live on WFMU

CLICK HERE for proof that Michael Nesmith is a nut

CLICK HERE to see some wise asses I'm a fan of

CLICK HERE to hear Bernard Prurdie talk about all kinds of things - including saying "Ringo's not on anything"

CLICK HERE for a film excerpt "Session Men - Memphis"

CLICK HERE for a laugh

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see drummer Joff from the band Bucky so some drawings of old people

CLICK HERE if you want see a lady call for President Obama's execution. My mind keeps returning to his video and what it means about how screwed up our county is.

CLICK HERE for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

CLICK HERE for the website of the guy who shot Bigfoot

CLICK HERE to see why the cowardly anonymous culture of the internet drives me even more crazy then art does

CLICK HERE for a little background on the Buddy Rich tapes

CLICK HERE for the The Knack - this clip (with hard panned guitars) will help you understand the division of guitar parts in this song - which is not quite what I thought it was

CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE for a reminder that you have to be 恋のホワン・ホワン (or HERE, or HERE , or HERE , or HERE, or HERE!)

CLICK HERE for info on an odd e-book "Nick Lowe: A Long Career That Never Gets Stale." It is 4 pages long and "sells" for $1.99. The same author has one about Dean Martin that was reviewed like this: "This pamphlet was complete gargbage. A sixth grader could have written a better essay. All of this author's works should be removed from Amazon."

CLICK HERE, but only if you have golden ears

CLICK HERE for some amazing RARE STAX MUSIC from tapes Robert Gordon pulled out of the debris when the STAX building was being torn down!

CLICK HERE for STAX at The White House

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

CLICK HERE for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

CLICK HERE for a nice piece about the the L.A. studio musicians who dominated the 70's sound.

I love THESE Beach Boy videos!

CLICK HERE for some classic Jerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

CLICK HERE for Paul Anka's famous post-gig turned into a short film!

CLICK HERE for an recent Montclair Times article on Michael Shelley!

CLICK HERE to read how Big Star's "September Gurls" was recorded at Ardent Studios

Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.

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Listener comments!

Avatar 11:11am Miss Mailas:

Good morning, friends!
  11:14am paul:

Hello, Miss M.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am Ken From Hyde Park:

Ahhh, the first Saturday of August. Where is the summer going?
Avatar 11:16am Marc Francis:

Hi Miss Mailas! Howdy all!
  11:17am paul:

I thought they sounded more like the Wailers than the Beatles.
Avatar 11:18am Miss Mailas:

@Ken Right?! I feel like this summer has just zipped by.
Avatar 11:20am SSS:

I want everyone to know that I suck just the right amount, thank you.
Avatar 11:22am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@paul: It's riffing on 'Don't Let Me Down' by the Fabs. It's interesting to hear the Wailers in that *real* early Studio One stuff riffing on the Beatles & U.S. Soul like Motown - just like everybody else.
Avatar 11:24am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...altho' maybe the real Proto-Mashup kings were the Bollywood people in India - way ahead of the game!...
  11:31am paul:

@Revolution. I agree about the Studio One stuff.
  11:31am paul:

Most overrated: Radiohead
  11:33am Frank Above:

I put Stone Roses out of most overrated. I like them, but I think they get far to much praise for just one good album.
  11:33am Andy B:

  11:33am Eddy in Australia:

Looking forward to Laura Israel. I just saw Don't Blink at the Melbourne Int. Film Festival. Great film, great soundtrack.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:33am jmd:

  11:33am Joe from Pittsburgh:

Under-rated band: Los Lobos
  11:34am ledzeppelinsucks:

over rated Red Hot Chili Vanilli
  11:35am Uncle Michael:

I had to pause mowing the lawn to answer today's question. Far and Away the world's most overrated band has got to be the Doors!
  11:35am ledzeppelinsucks:

intelligent lyrics Bad Religion
Avatar 11:36am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Formulars Nigerian apparently.
Madonna got exalted by Deconstructionists & PostModernists as being Relevant w/out being Musical - & I think she did influence the Brittney Spears & Dance Pop a lot. Like the Sonic Youth talk the previous week - I think her time is just Not Now. Was said Sonic Youth saved the Guitar from 1,000 TV commercials just by tuning it differently...but Now we are in a whole different phase in Time & Culture in terms of what Guitar means...
The doors - surely overrated by Iggy & Bowie & the Bunnymen, ferinstance - but nevermind that one again...Bad Religion! Nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am ChrisB.:

Most overrated: A tie between Coldplay and Radiohead.
  11:38am paul:

@ChrisB, I always give Radiohead the nod there. It's close.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am Ken From Hyde Park:

I also vote Coldplay for overrated.
Avatar 11:39am ChooChoo - ATL:

Can "Overrated" indicate a band or artist that was terrifically popular for a moment, but jut did not gel with oneself? Two examples that come first to my mind are Beck and Blink-182.
Avatar 11:41am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Remember when the Strokes were the latest Saviors of GuitarRawk for one minute?
Anybody Really Popular is overrated compared to deserving LesserKnowns. That makes the Beatles the most Overrated Ever by default. They might also be - Rated Incorrectly - for the wrong things in misunderstood ways...Springsteen gets a lot of that, ferinstance...
  11:42am paul:

Intelligent lyrics = Beautiful South. But I could never get MS to play one of their songs. :(
Avatar 11:44am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I'm trying to jumpstart the term 'SmartPop'. Magnetic Fields good prolific Writing...
  11:44am mary:

Laura, great film, saw it in Berlin and you too @q&a
  11:47am egould310:

Overrated: Nirvana
Underrated: Husker Du
Intelligent lyrics: The Clash
Favorite: Descendents
  11:50am mary:

Don't BLink opens with the Mekons, Memphis Egypt. So fantastic. And if you happen to feel like playing it. yay.Laura is a Mekons fan she said in Berlin
Avatar 11:51am Lemmy Skynyrd:

underrated: Cypress Hill
unrecognized: The Cramps
misunderstood: Frank Zappa
intelligent lyrics: Captain Beefheart
overrated: Pearl Jam
severely overrated: Stevie Ray Vaughn
Texas Holy Trinity: 13th Floor Elevators, ZZ Top, Butthole Surfers
Avatar 11:51am Marc Francis:

Bye bye.
  11:52am paul:

Memphis Egypt. Great song from a great band (speaking of underrated). I used to frequent the same pub as Jon L. when I lived in Chicago.
  11:53am egould310:

@Lemmy bringing the heat! Agreed 98%.
  11:54am ds:

most intelligent lyrics: Don Mclean, Richard Thompson
most overrated: anything play on commercial radio today
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am Parq:

Funny thing, time zones. Here I am, 4200 miles from home, listening to Michael and sipping wine instead of my usual coffee.
  11:54am ds:

most intelligent lyrics: Don Mclean, Richard Thompson
most overrated: anything play on commercial radio today
  11:54am paul:

Intelligent lyrics: Chuck Berry.
Avatar 11:55am Lemmy Skynyrd:

thanks, egould!...
  11:55am Bill in W.O.:

Overrated: Wilco
Underrated: The Figgs, The Tripwires
Intelligent lyrics: Elvis Costello's prime is hard to top, though that Zimmerman guy was OK
Avatar 11:57am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Okay - Popular distinct from Rated - tho' not mutually exclusive...
If you say SRV rivaled Hendrix - that's overrated. I loved seeing him tho' - not hugely original (it is Blues, after all) - but he dug deep every time he played.
Ringo is a Cramps fan - he knows! Take Richard Thompson - rated superhigh by us - under-recognized as the Treasure he is by most everyone...
Chuck a genius poet. Oh - I read 'Wilco' as 'TheWho' - I was gonna get physical...Elvis C. intelligent awlright - sometimes I hear him writing a littel self-consciously, but Classic. Good catch.
  12:00pm ledzeppelinsucks:

over rated Eric Claptelloncamp
  12:01pm egould310:

I'm a big Teenage Fanclub fan. This new single sounds like the Partridge Family. Love it! :-)
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:01pm sonnyspop:

Kanye is overrated, at least by Kanye.
  12:05pm paul:

Underrated and a great lyricist: Warren Zevon. Genius.
Avatar 12:07pm Michael Shelley:

  12:09pm John in Maplewood:

Thanks for playing the Jeevas...have has Ghost stuck in my head for weeks!
  12:10pm paul:

Aint That a #1 hit!
Avatar 12:12pm Mailman Tom:

One of Katrina and the Waves best songs, good choice by the Dahlmanns!
  12:16pm DG:

Totally agree with EGould on Nirvana vs. Husker Du. HD was doing the whole "punk w/melody & literate lyrics" thing years before "Nevermind" (& hardly any critics seem to remember that), & Mould continued that w/Sugar. Nirvana made one very good album but I still think were more of a metal band, and sometimes too dissonant & adolescent for their own good. HD's albums (esp. from "Flip Your Wig" on) are much more thoughtful, tuneful, etc. And yes, Los Lobos are underrated too. (An amazing band live as well).
  12:18pm paul:

Agree with Los Lobos live!
  12:18pm DG:

Yep on Zappa too. Has all these amazing instrumentals & classical pieces, & probably 90% of rock "fans" just know him as the guy who sings about dental floss & yellow snow.
Avatar 12:21pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

HuskerDu were Nirvana before Nirvana awlright! - altho' I think Kurt wrote really well & they brought it Live. Nirvana touched some nerve or wire - hard to quantify something like that. That they veered off into Chaos & still seemed to make the Show was part of the whole thing...
Avatar 12:22pm Lemmy Skynyrd:

at the end of the day, only the Melvins matter... and Buck Owens... and this ashtray...
Avatar 12:23pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

& Mudhoney.
Avatar 12:24pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Virtually everybody played on FMU is underrated.
  #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:26pm David in ATL from NJ:

Thanks for playing the BV, Michael.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Ken From Hyde Park:

This just in: Clarinetist Pete Fountain has died at age 86. RIP
  12:30pm paul:

Good point RR. Except NRBQ. I love 'em, but I don't get the total adoration. But that's me.
Avatar 12:34pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

NRBQ - the Dead for clubgoers?
  12:35pm paul:

Avatar 12:38pm Lemmy Skynyrd:

is Joe Tex any kin to Disco Tex?...
  12:48pm SeanG:

underrated----westerberg solo albums!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm dale:

holy cow - i was just watching a burt ward interview on fb when this song came on!
  12:56pm paul:

A MS premium classic.
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